Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1740
Pascentius, abba of the basilica of saint Hilary in Poitiers, is ordained bishop of that city, AD 561/567. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Histories", Tours (Gaul), AD 573-594.
Denique cum Pientius episcopus ab hac luce migrasset, apud Parisius civitatem Pascentius, qui tunc abba erat basilicae sancti Helari, ei succedit ex iussu regis Chariberthi, clamante Austrapio, sibi hunc redebere locum.
(ed. Krusch 1937: 151)
When Bishop Pientius [of Poitiers] departed from this light, he was succeeded in the city of Paris by Pascentius, who was then an abba of the basilica of Saint Hilary [in Poitiers], by the command of King Charibert. Austrapius [bishop of Champtoceaux] protested, claiming that he should have been given this office.
(trans. Thorpe 1974: 214, altered by J. Szafranowski)


Austrapius was promised the bishopric of Poitiers by late King Chlothar I. This event took place during the reign of King Charibert I (561-567).

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Poitiers
  • Paris

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: The History of the Franks, Gregorii episcopi Turonensis historiarum libri X, Histories
Origin: Tours (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory of Tours (Gaul) wrote his ten books of Histories (known commonly in English as the History of the Franks) during his episcopal reign in Tours between 573 and 594. The books vary in scope and length. The first book covers 5,596 years from the creation of the world to AD 397, that is the death of Saint Martin of Tours, Gregory`s predecessor in bishopric. The second book deals with the history of Gaul between 397 and 511, the latter being the year of death of King Clovis I. The third and fourth books cover the next 64 years till the death of Austrasian King Sigibert II in 575. Finally, the following six books describe exclusively the sixteen years from 575 to 591. Probably in 594, Gregory added the list of bishops of Tours in the end of the Histories, with brief accounts of their actions.
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Historiarum Libri X [in:] Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingiciarum 1.1, Hannover 1884 (repr. 1951): 1­-537.
Gregory of Tours, The History of the Franks, trans. L. Thorpe, London 1974.


Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Functions within the Church - Parish presbyter
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Described by a title - Abba
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